Performance wise the new Type R's a car that if you want to you can really push. Getting the VTEC engine up to 7 - 8000 rpm the Civic Type R emits a racing car howl and the noise the VTEC makes will really bring a smile to your face - like being in a F1 car (well kind of). It's nippy and quick but does rev at a slightly higher rate which means that you do have to work the gearbox for quick acceleration and overtaking and as there is no turbocharger on this it is all about working the engine/gearbox.
The great thing I have found about the new Type R is that it's a car you can easily live with. Yes the ride is very firm, and the engine does need to be worked to achieve full potential, but you can drive it quite normally and achieve a reasonably decent mpg. The cabin in the biggest improvement. The quality has been upped (although the Golf GTI is still the benchmark) and the switches are big and chunky and easily laid out. The good additions of MP3 compatible radio and cruise control and automatic headlights and wipers make the car more refined and the big racing seats are fantastically comfortable.
It's not perfect; the obscured rear window without a wiper can be pain (although with big wing mirrors you learn to live with it), the top of the steering while covers some of the main dashboard screen (so you can't see if the cruise control is on unless you adjust your viewing angle), and the torsion beam rear suspension can clatter a bit.
I simply love this car! I was actually planning on buying the new Kia Pro-Ceed having test drove it and decided to buy it the sales person seemed completely not interested in selling it to me so i walked away and decided to drive down to Basingstoke Honda as i had wanted the new Civic since it was first released but i honestly didn't think i could ever afford one.
When i got to Basingstoke Honda i immediately saw an one year old Electric Blue one for just over £10,000 and my heart skipped a beat! Before test driving it i knew i would without question that i would buy it but took it for a test drive any way. The drive was amazing. So smooth with a great driving position and the most comfortable car seats i had ever sat in with every toy except SatNav.
The sales man did everything he could to sell me the car and a week later i picked it up. I was initially concerned about MPG because my previous car was a Smart ForFour 1.2 but i get a good 42MPG around town and 48MPG on the motor way.
The Civic is still the most striking car on the road with it's futuristic looks both inside and out. I personally don't find the rear visor a problem but i would prefer a rear wiper.
Overall having owned 14 cars since passing my test 12 years ago the Civic is most definately my favourite and i am very proud to own one. Im hoping Honda keep up the futuristic looks with the new version and if so then there will be no question about me buying one in 4 years when this one is paid off.
Car looks incredible really nice to look at and well kitted for this model. Dash is really convinient all the controls and buttons are where you need them but takes abit to get used to. Driving it on the roads at low speeds is very uncomfortable suspension is very stiff and picks up the smallest bumps (expected for a sports hot hatch) the power is there when you need it. To summerise its a fantastic motor practical and looks stunning, exciting and fun to drive.
Have looked at loads of reviews on this car but I seem to be the only person to buy the I SHIFT Version. What a mistake this is an awful semi automatic gearbox which is jumpy and dangerous. In full auto mode the gear changes are like some one pulling you back like an elastic band before launching you forward, paddleshift is bearable once you are on the move, but buyers beware when starting off and reversing. Engine and fuel consumption excellent as long as revs kept up. Rattles and rear shocks awful, no movement on base of drivers seat resulting in bad backache.Poor visibility, build quality, and very easily stone chipped. Never any need to wash your hair just open the rear hatch after raining and you get a lovely shower. When taken back to garage for a recall complained about these points and was told by the salesman cars were built to a price.He was not being smug but really genuine and I believe him. After eight months of unhappy motoring we have sold the car at an enormous loss (so much for good residuals) To anyone looking to buy one of these insist on having the car for test the weekend I have no doubt you will hand it back. I have bought a second hand merc clk for similar money what a joy!
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